Category: Blog

July 13, 2020
growth

Slack and the Land and Expand Model

The last time I wrote about Land and Expand, I mentioned Slack on the sidelines in the context of homogenous vs. heterogenous networks. In homogeneous networks, users are connected to each other (example: Slack). Heterogeneous networks are marketplaces, in which users are connected with apps (example: Zapier) or another type of user (example: Airbnb, though […]

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July 10, 2020
technical seo, Google's transformation, user intent

SERP Mazes – How Google keeps users in search results

SERP Mazes are ways for Google to provide answers to users but also keeping them in the search results to display more ads.

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July 8, 2020
bert, google, technical seo

BERT infers questions in mobile Featured Snippets

I recently googled “Surveymonkey reviews” on my mobile phone. At first, you see the normal ads… But then, you see a double featured snippet with a question each, even though the search query is “surveymonkey reviews”. First, I noticed that Google shows the questions and double featured snippet only on mobile devices, not on desktop… […]

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July 6, 2020
tech

Governments didn’t make Google pay publishers

After years of fighting and suing, publishers finally got Google to pay for news. But it wasn’t the many lawsuits that got Google there.

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July 1, 2020
platform confluence, tech

Apple’s path to Platform Confluence

Apple’s first ever remote WWDC last week emphasized three big shifts: The shift from in-person events to online keynotes Apple’s shift to its own chips Apple’s platform Confluence That online keynote and format was fantastic. It makes you question why they needed an audience in the first place. The shift from Intel’s chips to ARM […]

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June 29, 2020
email, newsletter, publishing

Why I left Substack and the Email renaissance

2 years ago, I started a newsletter on Mailchimp called Tech Bound and built it out to +3,000 subscribers. 3 months ago, I decided to migrate to Substack. One week ago, I went from Substack to publishing on my own site. In this post, I explain why, what my current stack looks like, and a […]

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June 26, 2020
marketing, polarization, social media, twitter

Polarization as a marketing tool

Is polarization in Marketing just good positioning based on core values?

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June 22, 2020
amazon, facebook, google, platform confluence

Platform Confluence

Aggregation theory describes the shift of power from supply to demand, growth based on zero marginal cost, and direct relationships with users. Platforms like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and others were able to become aggregators because of the internet. The next step in the evolution of aggregators is Platform Confluence: the combination of several apps and […]

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June 19, 2020
google, Google's transformation, privacy

How much Google knows

From Reuters: Google was sued on Tuesday [June 2nd, added by me] in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in “private” mode. The lawsuit seeks at least $5 billion, accusing the Alphabet Inc unit […]

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June 15, 2020
google, Google's transformation, spam

The problem with Spam and Search

Search engines inevitably find a lot of spam as they crawl the web. According to Google’s latest spam report, we should assume that the majority of it is actually spam. On one hand, it doesn’t cost a lot to generate spam but seems to still pay off (otherwise, why would people spam). It won’t take you […]

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June 10, 2020
algorithm update, google, seo

May Core update: one month later

When it comes to Google algorithm updates, there are three hard rules You can’t “fix” an algorithm update. When you got hit, it’s too late and you need to pivot for the long-term. We need to look at the impact on a per-vertical basis. We can’t just look at a single point in time to […]

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June 8, 2020
google, pagerank

User-sensitive PageRank and Prabhakar Raghavan

From Search Engine Land (highlight mine): Prabhakar Raghavan, who was running Ads and Commerce (since 2018), will replace Ben Gomes as the new head of Search and Assistant. Search encompasses News, Discover, Podcasts and Google Assistant. Raghavan’s got a long history in search, having worked on it at IBM in 1995, followed by a position at Stanford where […]

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